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Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, hospitalized with COVID-19

Our very dear friend and columnist Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, is in the intensive care unit of a Seattle-area hospital in critical but stable condition fighting COVID-19. Our editor, Chuck Woodbury, a close friend of Gary’s, wrote this.

Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Here’s the latest news and information about the coronavirus and how it’s affecting the RV community. We now report six days a week on the pandemic — in this Sunday newsletter and every weekday in our RV Daily Tips. (Sign up to receive them here.)


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Can your pets get, or give you, COVID-19?
RV Shrink: Find an RV safe harbor and hunker down.
Full-timers – Where can you stay during this outbreak?
RV Electricity: Don’t build this DIY dogbone: It can kill you.
Stuck at home or inside your RV? Use Zoom online meetings for get-togethers.
Thoughts from a reader’s self-quarantine.
RV Doctor: What can be done for a noisy RV slideout?
What to read during the coronavirus outbreak (Pandemic edition).
At last! A toy-hauler with a “hidden garage” – but with hidden problems.
Building an RV park: Campground, Smampground. Everything is ON HOLD!
All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie
and much more

Read it here | Back issues

If you don’t have a first-aid kit, now is the time to buy one. Don’t be without one in your home or RV!

That was the RV week that was

March 29, 2020

It wasn’t a virus that ran RVers out of an RV park in Branson, Missouri – it was the water. Nope, not the drinking kind, but Lake Taneycomo took a run for the high ground as rain in copious quantities hit Lakeside RV Park on March 19. Adding to the lake’s overfull feelings were a water release from Table Rock Dam. City officials had seen problems at Lakeside RV before, so guests got an early heads-up and advice to be ready to disconnect and run. At 4:00 in the afternoon the call came, and the less-than-half-full campground was cleared out.

San Miguel County Sheriff

This story couldn’t help but remind one of us about their older brother as a kid. He believed everything he saw on TV and so, like Popeye, he had to have spinach. His parents obliged, bought him a can, and handed him a fork. Last time he ever ate spinach. Then there was that new “Superman” costume. One giant leap off the picnic table brought an end to his “superpowers.” Apparently the driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck didn’t get the memo either. Authorities say the unidentified driver blasted down Colorado Highway 145 west of Placerville, doing close to 100 miles per hour. That highway is the main route through little towns, and leads to some nasty cliffs. Sure enough, after nearly running several drivers off the road – including a deputy sheriff – the brainless Toyota Tacoma driver took the tumble, right into an obliging stone cliff. As the picture illustrates, no amount of spinach or costuming will prevent the laws of physics from presenting their truths. The driver received critical injuries and was choppered out, after passersby put out the flames.

If you bought an RV in Florida last year, there’s a good chance you bought it at Lazydays. That conclusion stems from rankings compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc. The outfit took “First” in several sales categories, as in: number one dealer in the state, number one towable, motorized, travel trailer, fifth wheel dealer, toy hauler dealer (among fifth wheel sales), Class A and Class C motorhome dealer.

Capt’ Gorgeous on

What to do with RVs that have outlived their usefulness? It’s a problem that many cities throughout the U.S. are coping with. The little village of Sechelt, in British Columbia, thinks it has an answer. The local government of the tiny burg – some 9,000 residents – says it has a backlog of abandoned RVs and boats sitting in its public works yard. Directors at the local government-operated landfill said they’ll try a pilot project through the end of the year. “Bring us, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” (or words to that general effect) and we’ll take them in. Provided – and it’s a big provided – you first dismantle them into four-foot sections or smaller, strip out the recyclable materials, and empty out and sort the liquids. And book a time for dumping in advance, and come prepared to pay $265 Canadian per metric ton (roughly 2,200 pounds).

A Utah traffic incident from last July that involved a fifth-wheel and the death of a vehicle passenger has finally drawn charges. Gavin Paul Nicholson (18) of West Haven, Utah, has been charged with causing a death while driving with a measurable controlled substance, drug possession, and other drug-related charges. On July 5, Nicholson was driving on Interstate 15 near Sunset when witnesses say he swerved out of his lane, smacking into a cement barrier, bouncing off and back into traffic, where he was broadsided by a pickup towing a fifth wheel. Nicholson was knocked unconscious, and his passenger later died in a hospital. Police found cocaine in Nicholson’s car, leading to a warrant to test his blood. While no cocaine was found by the blood test, methamphetamine, THC, and ketamine were found. He’ll stay in jail until his next court date, slated for April.

Keep your immune system healthy! Here’s everything you need.

One of two “dinosaurs” will be ready for selfies.

A new RV park will soon open in an area where dinosaurs once roamed. Well, that’s what the previous owners of the land promoted. Marblehead, Ohio, was formerly the home of Prehistoric Forest – a 10-acre wooded theme park based on prehistoric creatures. The dinosaurs are gone, but a feature of the park – a “mountain” with a flowing waterfall – remains even as 108 RV sites beckon a new generation of visitors. Forest RV Park is tentatively set to open April 15. While dinos may have enjoyed a dip, they didn’t have the opportunity. But RVers will find a swimming pool on the far side of the “mountain.” Firepits for weenie roasts and marshmallow incineration will be available at every site.

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Combining an RV sales lot with an outdoor goods store proved to be irresistible to a burglar in Dothan, Alabama. Gander RV & Outdoor employees made a “three bears”-like discovery last Sunday, when they found a man snoozing in one of the outfit’s RVs. On approach, “Goldilocks” aka Tevin Michael Coffman (29) woke up, and instead of thanking his hosts, fired up the motorhome he’d been sleeping in and drove away. The Gander store manager followed along in another vehicle, giving directions to law enforcement. When police caught up with Coffman and the purloined motorhome, they found out Goldilocks may not have liked the porridge, but evidently found the guns and crossbows that Gander stocked “just right.” Several stolen weapons were found in the motorhome. Coffman may not find the new facilities just right, as he’ll be spending time in the local lockup until he can satisfy bail on charges of first degree theft, third degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools – which he allegedly used to get inside the Gander store.

FMCA logoFMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, recently cancelled its 101st annual International Convention to be held this week in Tucson, Arizona. Much to the surprise of some members who planned to attend, the club announced that it would not provide refunds for their prepaid registration fees. Instead, citing financial hardships, it said it would instead issue certificates good for future rallies. Here is the letter FMCA sent to its members, in which it cited its reasons for not refunding registration payments, some as high as $1,000. Read more.

‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. Learn more or order.

Reader poll

On a daily basis, how many people do you live with in “self-isolation”? Respond here.

News briefs

A spinoff from FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, has attracted 1,500 members. AIM, the “All Inclusive Motorhome Club,” is open to any RVer who “owns an RV with a motor.” FMCA recently opened its ranks to towable owners as well as motorized, which was not welcomed by some members. An AIM membership is $35 a year. Learn more.

Xantrex has added two new solar charge controllers designed to work with popular battery chemistries including Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4). Learn more.

Big Chief

Looking for a good place to stay?

Our good friend Alan Warren, host of the radio program the RV Show USA, operates the Big Chief RV Resort in Burnet, in the Central Texas Hill Country. He reports he and his wife, Lisa, have full hookup sites available for RVers who need a place to call home during the present crisis. The park is right on the shore of Lake Buchanan, where you can fish for striped bass or catfish. There’s a boat ramp, too. Learn more or make a reservation at Big Chief’s website or call (512) 793-4746.

Campground chatter

Developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA

Janet Groene reports each week on developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA and Canada. There’s a lot of good information here that you can use to plan your travels. Read the current installment of “Campground Chatter” here.

Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. Find it on Amazon for a great price.

RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Forest River recalls some Coachman Orion and Dynamax Rev RVs.
Thor recalls some Tellaro and Sequence motorhomes.

Stock up on your vitamins at Amazon.

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of March 23, 2020:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.12 [Calif.: $3.07]
Change from week before: Down 13 cents; Change from year before: Down 50 cents.
Diesel: $2.66 [Calif.: $3.55]
Change from week before: Down 7 cents; Change from year before: Down 42 cents.

Sign up for an email reminder for our weekday RV Daily Tips Newsletter, published every Monday through Friday. Coronavirus updates for RVers daily! You won’t want to miss it!

Brain teaser answer:

(The question appeared in yesterday’s newsletter): The word NOON.

Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

Free and bargain camping


Click here to view this week’s free and bargain camping spots.

Other resources:
Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations.
Guide to Free Campgrounds: Best-selling directory, year after year.

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about

RV Travel staff


Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editors: Diane McGovern, Russ and Tiña De Maris. 

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Greg Woods
1 year ago

Who came up with that brain teaser. Just off the top of my head I can think of 2 more, Put that in your brain teaser!!!

F Dell Hill
1 year ago

As I scroll through your great articles I look forward to getting to the “Leave here with a laugh”. Often worth waiting for, usually humorous. Today however I waited… and waited… in vain. Where oh where could it be? I even went back and scrolled through the entire newsletter Twice, but to no avail.

Also, please remember that a large percentage of your readers are of an age that we can’t remember what we ate yesterday, much less, what we read yesterday. When you give us a Brain Teaser on Saturday and the answer on Sunday, please repeat the question. I read the question and think “I’ll watch for the answer tomorrow” then when I see the answer, I don’t remember the question.

Thank you for your great work.

Ed Fogle
1 year ago

My Brain a Teaser answer: I. Would NOON actually be the same upside down?

Ardy Mattox
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

we had b**b & DEED

Keira Bianchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

Yes, the word “I” works.

Mitch Stevens
1 year ago
Reply to  Keira Bianchi

The question was what 4 letter word….. so “I” doesn’t work.

1 year ago

Ahahaha! [corona] virus math. “We now report six days a week on the pandemic — in this Sunday newsletter and every weekday in our RV Daily Tips.”

That would be seven (7) days a week, but whose counting during these difficult days?

1 year ago
Reply to  Will

There are 5 weekdays and 1 Sunday in a week. Do you have the fever that goes with the virus? LOL

1 year ago
Reply to  Will

In your rush to be glib, self righteous, and even racist you have read the comment incorrectly. So let me re-quote it for you ‘ We now report six days a week on the pandemic — in this Sunday newsletter and every weekday in our RV Daily Tips’ . Sunday + 5 weekdays in fact = 6 ( note Saturday is not mentioned) . But even if someone (other that you) had made a mistake, perhaps you might like to find some compassion instead of this mockery. You will note the very first story of this issue is about the good friend of the lovely people that put this newsletter together. You might want to focus your energy on sending him some good thoughts instead of brooding in your negativity. That would be better for all of us right now, including you.

H Goff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tamara

racist? is this just becoming an inclusive comment for everything now?

1 year ago
Reply to  H Goff

The virus has an official designation COVID-19

Since people are being attacked for looking Asian it is important to use the correct designation for the virus.

Bob wagstaff
1 year ago
Reply to  Will

Saturday is not considered a weekday.

Carvel P.
1 year ago
Reply to  Will

Oooohhhh weekdays are considered as Monday – Friday and weekend is Saturday and Sunday. Therefore if you publish every day of the week ((Monday-Friday)) and again on Sunday then Beatles virus match = 🎼 6 DAYS A WEEK 🎼

1 year ago
Reply to  Carvel P.

Speaking of the Beatles,

1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

Thanks for sharing I enjoyed it

Karin S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Will

How about calling it what it is…COVID-19 and NOT the Chinese virus.

1 year ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Well, these things usually take on a name from the place of origin. In this case it was Wuhan, China. That’s fairly Chinese in my books.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

Well, the Spanish Flu got its name from Spain, ( the country that had more news coverage when names were being handed out. This name was given even though the first known case was in Kansas.

In 2015, the W.H.O. updated their best practice naming conventions ( to avoid naming a disease after a geographic area. I suppose it is to reduce many people’s desire to blame the ‘others’ for their woes.

For those of you who must have someone to blame, the US just surpassed China for the number of cases reported, even though our lack of testing implies we have even more cases. If you must put a nationality as part of the name, why don’t you call it the American Virus?

For the rest of us, COVID-19 might still work.

1 year ago

Great economical place to stay is Maple Hill RV Park in Jamestown TN. Small clean out of the way location. Minutes from great shopping.

gregory gammon
1 year ago
Reply to  Susan

Shopping?? They are telling people to stay home.